Friday, September 26, 2014

Ruination by Amanda Thome Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay? 

One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap. 

Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation. 

Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough? 

Ruination is the next YA dystopian trilogy that will hook you from the start! If you liked Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series then be prepared to get addicted to Ruination."

Sigh. This is another The Hunger Games/Divergent wannabe.  

Okay, this review is going to be a bit shorter than I thought it would be. So it will be precise, and to the point. I hope.

Ruination started off weird enough. The POVs weren't clearly labeled, and I was confused by the number of narrators. I believe there to be two at first, but as the book goes on, I believe there to be three (Garrett, Tyler, and Vanessa). It is very terrible of Amanda Thome (or any other persons involved with this design) to not tell me who is speaking/narrating. I really hated that part. I always had to guess the difference, and sometimes I can tell, but Vanessa and Garrett sound very similar to each other. I can always tell Tyler's POV, because his POV always sounds so creepy. Like Agent Grant Ward talking to Skye about new beginnings creepy. 

Then there is the plot. It is so slow. The action doesn't start until around the halfway point of the book, and the exposition is terrible long. It is more like Divergent at first (and then Hunger Games). Actually, it is utterly like Divergent. That is the truth, and it is heavily cliche and irritating to my eyes. At least, Divergent wasn't as slow as this book. Even speedreading could not make Ruination go faster.

Garrett is weird. That is all I'm going about on him. He is kind of like Peeta and all about that star-crossed lovers thing. Eh... Nothing I haven't seen before.

Tyler... Didn't I mention to you about Agent Grant Ward/Creepy Hydra Agent? Hmm... Maybe I need to mention it a few more times. 

And Vanessa. There is something so dull about these characters. The only one who is perhaps remotely decent is Garrett. And that is the truth.

Overall, Ruination is a terrible book. It is... Well, go look at the first paragraph. I don't want to repeat myself again.

Rating: Two out of Five

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